Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Letter "J" Preschool Lesson Plans

words that begin with the letter "J"

jabber
jack
Jack and Jill
Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack be Nimble
jack in a box
jack rabbit
jack russell terrier
jackal
jacket
jack-o-lantern
jackpot
jacks
Jackson Pollock
Jacuzzi
jade
jag
jagged
jaguar
jalapeno
jalopy
jam
jam session
Jamaica
jamb
jambalaya
jamberry
jamboree
jammed
jangle
janitor
January
Japan
jar
jar
jargon
jasmine
jasper
jaunt
java
jaw
jay (blue jay)
jazz
jealous
jeans
jeep
Jello
jelly
Jelly Bean
jellyfish
jellyroll
jeopardy
jerky
jersey
jester
Jesus
jet
jet-black
jewel
jewelry
jibber
Jiffy (muffin mix)
jiffy (quickly)
jig
jigsaw puzzle
jingle
jingle bells
jinx
jitterbug
job
jock
joey (baby kangaroo)
jog
Johnny Appleseed
johnny cake
join
joint
joke
jolly
jolly rancher
jolt
jot
journal
journey
joy
jubilant
jubilee
judge
jug
juggle
juice
jujube
jukebox
July
jumble
jumbo
jump
jump rope
jumper
jumping jacks
June
jungle
junior
juniper
junk
Jupiter
jury
just
justice
juvenile
Thomas Jefferson


Songs Starting with 'J'


from Kididdles.com


Ja Da, Ja Da,
Jing-a-Ling 

Jack and Jill 
Jack Frost 
Jack Spratt 
Jack, Be Nimble 
Jack-a-Nory 
Jack-O-Lanterns
Jack-O-Lanterns We! 
Japanese Lullaby 
Jaybird Chant 
Jennie Jenkins 
Jesus Loves His Little Children
Jesus Loves Me 
Jesus loves the little children
Jesus Says To Shine
Jesus's Lullaby
Jesus, Our Brother, Kind and Good
Jingle at the Window
Jingle Bells
John Brown's Baby 
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
Johnny Rebeck
Johnny Works with One Hammer
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
Jolly Snowman
Joy to the World
Joyful Christmas
Judy and David's Lullaby
July the Fourth
Just When I Need Him Most
Jolly Miller, The
Three Jolly Fishermen 
Three Jolly Gentlemen 
Jackfish, The 
Little Jack Horner 
Oh, Jack Frost 
Spooky Jack-o'Lantern Man 
We're the Jack-O'Lanterns 
Rig A Jig Jig 
We'll All Join in the Circle 
I Want Some Peanut Butter and Some Jelly for my Belly 
Peanut Butter and Jelly 
Blue Tail Fly (Jimmie Crack Corn), The 
Come, Let Us Be Joyful 
Fooba Wooba John 
Kangaroo Joe 
Little Brown Jug 
Rub-a-Dub Journey, The 
Who's the King of the Jungle? 
Witch in a Jar (Game) 

Jump Song
(child's name), (child's name) Jump up and Down
Jump up and down, Jump up and Down
(child's name), (child's name) Jump up and Down
Now Sit Back down

Variations:
Chicky Originals
Use Everyone instead of a child's name,
name two children ex. Sara and Jason, jump up and down
Replace "jump up and down" with "Spin all around" "touch the ground" or "Act like a clown"
Vary the speed of the song, if you go slower, do the children jump slower, try really fast.
Replace "sit back down" with "fall on the ground"
If you want to keep them going, repeat the first two lines over and over.
For listening skills:
Try switching it up in the middle of the song,
ex:
Everyone, everyone, Jump up and Down,
now spin all around, now jump up and down,
everyone everyone, touch the ground,
not spin all around, spin all around,
Everyone Everyone, jump up and down,
now sit back down.

Jump Jim Joe
Jump, jump Jump Jim Joe, (students jump up and down)
Shake your head (they shake their heads)
Nod your head (students nod their heads)
Tap your toes (students tap toes)
Round and round and round you go (students go around in a circle)
Go and wash your hands.... WITH SOAP (Students go off to wah their hands)

Who Stole the Jelly Chant
Class: Who stole the Jelly from the Jelly Jar?
Teacher: (Ann) stole the Jelly from the Jelly Jar?
Ann: Who me?
Class: Yes you!
Ann: Couldn't be!
Class: Then who?
Ann: (Tommy) stole the Jelly from the Jelly jar?
Tommy: Who me?
Class: Yes you!
Tommy: Couldn't be!
Class: Then who? [Repeat]

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
For he/she's a jolly good fellow,
For he/she's a jolly good fellow
For he/she's a jolly good fellow

Which nobody can deny
Which nobody can deny,
Which nobody can deny
For he/she's a jolly good fellow,
For he/she's a jolly good fellow
For he/she's a jolly good fellow

Which nobody can deny.

Frere Jacques
Frère Jacques,
Frère Jacques,
Dormez vous?
Dormez vous?
Sonnez les matines,
Sonnez les matines,
Din, din, don!
Din, din, don!


Are you sleeping,
Are you sleeping?
Brother John?
Brother John?
Morning bells are ringing,
Morning bells are ringing,
Ding ding dong,
Ding ding dong.

Who is Wearing Jeans Today?
Who is wearing jeans today, jeans today jeans today?
Who is wearing jeans today? All day long.

Child's name is wearing jeans today, jeans today, jeans today.
Child's name is wearing jeans today. All day long.

Go through all the children wearing jeans.
Alternative:
Child's name is wearing blue jean, blue jeans, blue jeans.
Child's name is wearing blue jeans. All day long.
(Sub. the correct color for each child)

Jaws SongHopefully I will do a video of this song. The hand motions are comlex, but that is it point. It is a song that is meant to develop the fine and large motor muscles. Each movement is done repeatedly with the beat.

Here's a story do do doodle di do (pat hands on legs)
About Jaws do do doodle di do (extend arms in front of yourself clapping vertically)
A hungry Jaws do do doodle di do (hold hand with thumb up, fingers together and palm facing toward you, move index finger up and down and move your hand the same direction as your fingers are pointing, this should look somewhat like a shark. Your thumb is the fin. We will call this the Jaws Hand)
A starving Jaws do do doodle di do (jaws hand)
A sciccor jaws do do doodle di do (make scissor motion)
A mama jaws do do doodle di do (Place hands together and open vertically keeping wrists together)
A baby jaws (in high voice) do do doodle di do (make pinching movement)
Grandpa gums do do doodle di do (Place fists together and open vertically keeping wrists together)
A swivel jaws do do doodle di do (place fists together and swivel at wrists, keeping wrists together)
A pacman jaws wakka wakka wakka wakka wakka wakka(Place fists together and open vertically keeping wrists together, move hands "forward")
Once there was a lady swimming in the sea do do doodle di do (pat hands on legs)
She said "why don't you come and swim with me?" do do doodle di do (pat hands on legs)
Along came Jaws do do doodle di do (extend arms in front of yourself clapping vertically)
A hungry Jaws do do doodle di do (Jaws Hand)
A starving Jaws do do doodle di do (jaws hand)
*** pause
ahhhhhhhhhhhh (wave hands in air)
Away swam Jaws do do doodle di do (extend arms in front of yourself clapping vertically)
A hungry Jaws do do doodle di do (Jaws Hand)
A starving Jaws do do doodle di do (jaws hand)
A do do do a doodle di do ahhh (hands on hips)

Art

Starbucks (w/paint) Ant Hills! 
Have your child use and ant stamp to create an ant scene. When dry, add a mixture of coffee grounds, glue and brown paint to create an ant hill. Allow to dry completely.

Jingle Bells: 
You will need yarn, a pencil, craft bells, styrofoam cups and decorating materials. Have the children decorate their cup. Cut a piece of yarn, no longer than the height of the cup. Tie the yarn to the bell. Then poke a small hole on the bottom of the cup. Thread the yarn through the hole so the bell is inside the cup. Tie the yarn in a knot (or a couple of knots) so it will not come loose. Now you have a bell. 

Jingle Bell Jewelry:
You will need to make these for the children. Older children can do the threading. Simply thread craft bells onto a small piece of elastic, long enough to fit around your children's ankle or wrist. Then sew the two ends together. These can be used for group time dancing, songs and games below. 

Jungle Map
Tear a large piece of paper from a brown grocery bag. Lie the paper flat and have the children create a jungle map on the paper. You may use black paint and markers for the map. They can use stamps, stickers, pictures from magazines or draw the animals they might see. 

Cotton Jackrabbit
Let your child glue cotton balls to a piece of paper in the form of a jackrabbit. 

Jackrabbit Headbands
Measure your child's head, and cut a piece of construction paper long enough to create a headband. Glue the paper together so the headband fits snugly on your child's head but is loose enough to take off easily. Cut from gray paper two ears, and then pink paper for the "inner" ear. Let your child help you glue the pink ear to the gray ear. It's okay if it's a little off, it's art! Then, either staple or glue the ears to the headband. Have fun, and encourage your child to act like a jackrabbit. Have them hop around, and eat carrots for a snack!

Paper Plate Jellyfish 
Have your child cut a paper plate in half. Have the child draw eyes on the plate, then glue on pieces of crepe paper to the bottom as arms. When dry hang by a window to see the jellyfish "swim". 

Jackson Pollock Art 
Most artwork relates to the way that a person interacts visually with the piece. Explore some of the works of Jackson Pollack. Have the children try to imitate the art they see. 

Jungle Vests 
Make and decorate vests from paper grocery bags. 
Take a paper bag, and cut a straight line in the middle of the front from the top to the bottom. The bottom of the bag will be the top of the vest. Cut out the neck and holes for your childs arms. Let your child decorate, and wear. 

Jungle Vines 
Have the children create many different leaves and animals and hang them from brown yarn around the room to represent vines.

Create a Jeweled Crown
Measure your child's head, and cut a piece of construction paper long enough to create a headband. Cut the construction paper to form the design of a crown. The children can decorate the crown with crayons, markers, paint, glitter and jewels (bling). Glue the paper together so the headband fits snugly on your child's head but is loose enough to take off easily. 

Jeep Prints
Click here to see an example.
In a pie tin, place 3 to 5 teaspoon sized portions of different colored tempera paint evenly spaced about the area. Supply the children with washable toy jeep that have wheels that roll. Have the children dip the wheels in the paint and roll across the paper.

J Sponge Painting
Supply the children with "J" shaped sponges and paint. Have the child dip the sponge into the paint and press gently onto a piece of paper. 

Cookie Cutter Painting
Put a small amount of tempera paint in a large shallow container. (A pie tin works well) Show your child how to dip the cookie cutter in the paint and press onto a piece of paper to create a print. You may make "j" themed pictures by using cookie cutters and colored paper. 

My child's own Jigsaw Puzzle
Have your child draw a picture on construction paper. Cover the picture with transparent contact paper. Cut the picture into pieces, depending on your childs ability level. (Start at 2 pieces) Show your child how to put the picture back together again. For older children you can have them color a picture from coloring book. And do the same. 

Make a Necklace (Jewelry)
You can obtain bead from any craft store. I suggest a shoe string, but you can use yarn, and just tape one end. To start, thread one bead, and tie one end around the bead, so it won't slip off. Have your child string the beads as he/she wishes, until they are finished. Untie the first bead, and tie the two ends together. As your child progresses with this activity suggest simple paterns. You could even play a game, match my necklace. You make a necklace and have your child try to match it. Start simple with 3 to 5 beads, and progressively add to the patterns. 

Balloon Jack o Lanterns 
Blow up an orange balloon and let the child use a black marker, stickers, or finger paint to create facial features. Ask the child how does the jack o lantern feel? 

Paper Plate Jack o Lanterns 
Have your child paint a paper plate orange. When dry, have the child glue on pieces of black construction paper for the facial features. These pieces may be cut with scissors or torn, depending on your child's ability level. For older children, try using glue to form the facial features and sprinkle glitter, or various items (i.e. buttons, beans, noodles, pebbles) on the glue.

Jack-o-Lantern Puppets
Each child should cut out a pumpkin shape from orange construction paper. Then either cut out facial features, or color them on with a black crayon. Paste to the bottom of a paper lunch bag. Then add a green construction paper stem.

Jack-o-Lantern Seed Art 
Collect pumpkin seeds from inside a pumpkin. Let them air dry and have the children use the pumpkin seeds to make a collage. 

Jack-o-Lantern Seed Shakers
You need: dried pumpkin seeds from inside your pumpkin, two paper plates (for each child) and a stapler. Have the children put some seeds on one of the paper plates (bottom side down). Next, have them place the other plate on top of the first plate (bottom side up). Help the children staple their plates together with the seeds inside. Let the children paint, use markers or crayons to decorate their shakers. 

Fingerprint Jack-o-Lanterns
Have the children make orange fingerprints on a piece of paper. Use a non-toxic orange ink pad. Show the children how to use one finger at a time. Use a green pen to draw stems on the paper and draw vines to connect some of the pumpkins. (You can do this for younger children or have older children draw the vines and stems themselves.) 

Jagged Scizzors
Let children cut paper with jagged scissors and glue the pieces onto a piece of paper.

Junk Art
Ask parents to bring in their unwanted "junk" for the children to create a 3-D art project.

Blue Jay Collages 
Have the children cut out pictures of blue jays from magazines, and glue them onto a piece of paper for a collage.

The Letter "J" Collage
Have the children cut out the letter "J" from magazines and glue them onto a piece of paper that is in the shape of a "J".

Another "J" Collage
Have the children cut out items that begin with the letter "J" from magazines and glue them onto a piece of paper that is in the shape of a "J".

"J" Place mats
Do any of the above collages on a rectangular piece of paper, then laminate the paper and use it for a place mat.

Paper Plate Blue Jay Mask
Have the children paint a paper plate blue. When dry have the children add blue feathers and a nose. Cut out holes for the eyes and add a Popsicle stick to the back of the plate near the bottom with glue.

Blue Jay Feather Painting 
Provide each child with a blue feather, paint and paper. Ask the children paint a picture using the feather as a paint brush.

My Own Jigsaw PuzzleHave your child draw a picture on construction paper. Cover the picture with transparent contact paper. Cut the picture into pieces, depending on your child's ability level. (Start at 2 pieces) Show your child how to put the picture back together again. For older children you can have them color a picture from coloring book. And do the same. 

Jigsaw Puzzle Art
Children can glue old puzzle pieces to a piece of paper to create a picture or they can glue them to a frame shaped piece of tag board or card stock to create a picture frame for a nice gift.

Stamping Patterns
Use rubber stamps to create a simple patterm on the top half of a piece of paper. (Use can use the letter "J" in different fonts, or other shapes that begin with "j") Ask your child to help you recreate the patterm on the bottom half of the paper. Tip: Start with one stamp, and have your child pick which stamp you used. Start slowly and work your way up to more complicated patterns.

Picture Matching 
Find "J" or words that begin with "J" stickers. Place 2 identical stickers on the left and right sides of an index card. Cut the index in half, cut in a jig-jag form. Use a highlighter to highlight the edges. Do this with many different stickers. Have the child match the stickers, and line up the two halves of the index card. 

Memory
Find stickers that represent words that begin with the letter "J" or print pictures off the internet. Place 2 identical stickers or pictures on the left and right sides of an index card. Cut the index in half, cut the index card in half. You can use these cards to play memory.

"J" Sizing 
Draw different sized "J"s and laminate them. Have the children arrange the "J"s according to size. 


"J" Sort
Draw different items that begin with the letter "J" and have the children sort the items. Or you can cut out pictures from a magazine or get them off the internet and glue each onto a separate piece of paper. Have the children sort the pictures. 

Jam Taste Test
Make one slice of toast for each child in the class for a snack. Cut each piece into four pieces. On each piece spread one of four different jelly flavors. Have the children try each of the flavors and vote on their favorite. 

Jello Taste Test
Make three or four different kinds of jello. Have each child try jello of all the flavors and graph their favorite. 

Jam Session
Get out your musical instruments and have a jam session. 

Jack-o-Lantern Science 
What is inside a pumpkin? Let the children explore the insides of a pumpkin. It's a great sensory experience. 

Jack-o-Lantern Seeds 
Save the pumpkin seeds from a pumpkin. Boil 2 cups seeds in 1 quart water with 2 tbls salt for 10 minutes. Drain the seeds and toss them in 1 tblsp of butter. Spread the seeds on a baking pan, and bake for 30 minutes. Stir frequently. 

Jack-o-Lantern Faces 
Provide the children with many different pumpkin faces. Ask the children which pumpkin is happy? How does this pumpkin feel? How does that pumpkin make you feel? 

Box Jump Game
Set out a few box tops for your child to jump in and out of. Or line up three or four box tops, and have your child jump from box top to box top. 

Kid Jeopardy
Tell your child you are going to play a game, where they come up with the answers and you come up with the questions. Let's say that they say "cat", you could say "What is an animal with four legs and a tail?" Play this way for a little until they get the hang of it, then switch, you say the answers and let them think of the questions. 

J Red Rover
Apply Jack-o-Lantern, Jaws (shark), Blue Jay, and/or other J theme stickers onto 3x5 index cards. Affix yarn to the cards to create necklaces. Each child gets one card to wear. The game: "red rover red rover, send your Blue Jays on over" and the Blue Jays runs to the other side. 

Simon says becomes "The Jack-O-Lantern" says
Mother May I can be "Blue Jay may I?"
Duck duck goose can become "Jelly, Jelly, Jam"

Jump in the Hoop
Set a hula hoop on the floor. Play some music and have your child walk around the hula hoop. When the music stops, have them jump into the hoop.

Jump over the J
Cut out a letter J and have the chilren try to jump over it. 

Jackets in the Dramatic Play Area
Supply the children with a variety of different styled jackets to play with. This activity will provide the children with the opportunity to tyr zipping, buttoning and snapping. 

Graph It!! - (directions on how to make a reusable graph here)
Have the children graph their favorite color jelly bean, favorite flavor or jello or jelly.

Jet Balloons
Inflate a balloon. Ask your child, "What will happen if I let go?" Let go!!! 

Jelly Bean Jar
For older children. Fill a small jar with jelly beans. Ask each child to guess how many jelly beans are in the jar. For younger children, limit the number of jelly beans to less than ten. Record each child's guess. Count the jelly beans. 

Jelly Bean Jar for School agers
Provide three identical jars with pre-counted jelly beans of 20, 30, and 40. Label these jars 20, 30 and 40. Place 20 to 40 jelly beans in a fourth identical jar. Allow the children to examine all four jars before they guess. Record the children's approximations. Count the jelly beans.

Jumping Race
Have the children line up and have them jump forward to a finish line.

Jump Up
Place a piece of long velcro vertically on a wall. Give the child a small piece of velcro (the opposite of what is on the wall) and ask the child to jump as high as they can and stick the velcro to the strip. Each child can try three times. 

Jump Forward
Have each child stand on a starting line and jump forward as far as they can. Measure the distance.

Be a Jellyfish
I suggest that you get a book from the library about fish, that includes a little info about jellyfish, and read it to your child before this activity. Staple pieces of crepe paper around a piece of yarn. Tie the yarn around the waist of a child... now they are a jellyfish. 

Jack in a Box
Cut the top off a box and have a child duck inside. Play music and have the child pop out when the music stops. Children can also do this activity as a group with more than one box, or without the boxes. 

Jack Russel Terrier - check out the Dogs page.

Sand and Water Table
Add plastic "jewels" to the sand table. Have the children use a sifter to try to find the jewels.

Jingle Bell balancing: 3+ 
Supply the children with bells and a balance. Show the children how to make the balance even. Count the bells on each side. 

Jingle Bell ringing: 3+ 
Supply the children with many different bells. What different sounds do they make. How are the sounds different. 

Jingle Bell ringing 2: 3+ 
Supply the children with pairs of bells. Mix them up. See if they can find their matches by the sound. 

Jingle Bell Sort: 3+
Provide the children with many different kinds of bells to sort by size or color.

Jingle Bells on Shoes: 
Younger children will enjoy this activity. You can thread craft bell onto the shoelaces of your children. Then have your children walk around, dance, or stomp. 

Jasmine
Provide children with Jasmine scented lotion or soap to try. Ask them to describe the smell.

Java Scent
The children can smell fresh ground coffee and tell you what it smells like. You can also provide different flavors, like hazelnut or french vanilla and see if they can tell the difference. 

Java Beans
You can put coffee beans in a small dish pan and allow a few children at a time to experience feeling them and smelling them. Provide cups, spoons, and other small containers.

Java Balance
Allow the children to use the coffee beans with the balance. Show the children how to determine which side weighs more, and how to make it even. Then let them experiment on their own. 

Musical Chairs
Arrange the chairs in a circle. If you have younger children, it is best to have too many chairs. Tape a picture of something that begins with the letter "J" to each chair. This can be a game where everyone wins. Have the children dance a Jig around the chairs until the jazz music stops. Then everyone finds a chair. Ask "Who has the Jacket?" "Who sat on the bluejay?" etc.
The same game can be played without chairs. Place the pictures evenly about the floor and when the music stops the children find a picture to stand on.

Jazz
Have the children dance to Jazz music. "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" is one of my favorites.

Ramp it!!! 
Provide the children with an inclined plane. (Can be made with a propped up board.) Have each child find an item in the class that begins with the letter "j", or have some items set out for them. Ask the children if the item will roll down or slide down the ramp, or if it will not move. Then try it with each item. Have each child guess what the item that they picked out will do.

Jelly Bean Sort
To Prepare: You will need jelly beans and a clean egg carton. Color the bottom of one row in the carton various color that match the colors of the jelly beans you are using, i.e. red, purple. 
To Play: The children sort the jelly beans into the appropriate hole.

Jelly Bean Taste Test
Have the children try three or four different types of jelly beans and ask them to record their favorite on a graph.

Jelly Bean Balancing: 
Supply the children with jelly beans and a balance. Show the children how to make the balance even. Count the jelly beans on each side. 

Jerseys in the Dress Up
Provide the children with a variety of jerseys in the dress up area.

Pretend to be a Jet
Have the children pretend to be jet airplanes and move around the room.

Jiffy in a Jiffy
Have the children help you make a Jiffy Muffin Mix. Enjoy the muffins for snack.

Jigsaw Puzzles
Provide the children with a variety of jigsaw puzzles to play with.

Jigsaw Puzzle Race
Divide the group into equal teams. Give each team a puzzle that contains the same amount of pieces and as a team they have to put it together.

Joey Jump
Have the children jump around the room like a baby kangaroo (called a Joey). You could also have a joey jump race, or when playing musical chairs they can jump like a joey. You could even play Jazz while they jump.

Jog
Have the children jog around outside or jog in place inside. 

Joke Book
Have each child tell you their favorite joke. Write down each of their jokes and compile them for a class joke book that you can share with the parents.

Journal
You can keep a classroom journal for the week asking the children as a group what they would like to add to the journal. Or each child can have their own journal where you could record one comment each day. Another option, parents can help you with the journalling. Each day the parent would have a journal prompt "today I had fun ......" and the child would tell the parent what to write. This could be done at home, or when the parent picks up the child. 

Juggle
Have the children try to juggle bean bags.

Juice
Have a juice taste test. Have them to record their favorite juice on a graph. You could also blindfold one child at a time and ask them to try to guess what juice they have.

June and July
The summer months. Talk about what we do in the summer that is special. 

Jumbo
Talk about words that mean big. Record all the words on a jumbo piece of paper.

Jump Rope
At preschool age most children will not be able to master a jump rope, but you can lay it on the ground and have them walk along it like a tight rope, they can jump over it. You can also have everyone hold onto one and have them follow you around the playground. 

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